DC Comics, home of Batman, Wonder Woman and other beloved superheroes, announced Monday that one of its protagonists is taking “a bold new direction” and coming out as bisexual.
DC Comics A. confirmed in statement on monday that John Kent, “Superman of Earth”, will be “romantically involved” with reporter Jay Nakamura in an upcoming issue of the series “Superman: Sons of Kal-El”.
But this isn’t the Superman Clark Kent character you might already know. John Kent is the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, and he has picked up the Superman spell in a new iteration of the longtime character.
Writer Tom Taylor said in a statement Monday, “I’ve always said that everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes, and I’m very grateful to DC and Warner Bros. Share.”
“The symbol of Superman has always stood for hope, truth and justice. Today that symbol represents something else. Today more people can see themselves as the most powerful superheroes in comics.”
DC confirmed that “after a scene where Superman burns out mentally and physically trying to save everyone, Jay is there to take care of Steel Man.” The story will be published next month.
Superman isn’t the only LGBTQ superhero for DC Comics. The character Tim Drake, who has been one of the many Robins that Batman has worked with, has been seen accepting a date from another male character, According to many reports.
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John Kent’s gay affair also isn’t the only departure from the life of the original Superman, The New York Times noted. John Kent has opposed the deportation of refugees from the metropolis, climate change and wildfires among other reasons.
“The idea of replacing Clark Kent with a more straight white savior felt like a missed opportunity,” Taylor told the outlet. He said that “a new Superman must have new fights – real world problems – so that he can stand out as one of the most powerful people in the world.”
DC Comics confirmed that John Kent will be coming out on National Coming Out Day. this year marks the 33rd anniversary of the holidayAccording to the Human Rights Campaign.
HRC Report That approximately 6-in-10 LGBTQ people are “bisexual+,” a term used to refer to a slate of “non-monosexual” identities such as pansexuals, fluids and more. It is the largest group of the LGBTQ community.